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What Moves Are Used in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu differs from traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu in that it cuts out almost all of the stand-up fighting element – strikes, kicks, throws - and instead concentrates on ground fighting. 

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu also places more emphasis on leverage rather than on power and strength. The moves that lead to submission are reached by taking advantage of an opponent’s movements while on the ground. 

One very common move is the armbar from the closed guard. This occurs when one grappler has their opponent held within their guard, that is, between their legs to prevent them from getting a superior position. For the grappler on their back, it may be possible to turn their hips and bring their legs up around the other person’s head and shoulders. This allows them to raise their hips and torque the opponent’s arm, hyperextending it and achieving a submission. 

Another essential move that is done from the same position is the triangle choke. This time, instead of applying pressure to the opponent’s arm, the grappler brings their legs up and locks them around their neck. When they extend their legs away, it makes it hard for the other person to breath and forces them to submit.   

A frequent variation on the armbar occurs if the grappler in the closed guard escapes and gets to the top-mounted position on their opponent’s chest. From here, they can fall to the side next to their opponent, trapping their arm between their legs and applying an armbar. This is another very common submission move. 

These are only a sample of the dozens and dozens of holds, chokes, and locks used in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Learning how to gain the advantage over a bigger, stronger opponent is just one of the benefits of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. You’ll learn patience, discipline, and gain confidence, too. And the experts at Team Tooke Mixed Martial Arts are here to help you every step of the way. Contact us today to start your free 30-day trial!

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